China bans construction of tallest skyscrapers over public safety concerns
These new regulations follow the evacuation of the Shenzhen Electronics Group Plaza, one of China's tallest skyscrapers, on May 18 when it began to tremble. According to Bloomberg, skyscrapers are “more like hallmark projects for mayors and not necessarily efficient,” according to Qiao Shitong, an assistant law professor at the University of Hong Kong. There are just ten structures in the world that are longer than 500 metres, and half of them are in mainland China. These new guidelines were issued after the Shenzhen Electronics Group Plaza, one of China's tallest skyscrapers, was evacuated on May 18 when it began to tremble. The massive tower shook on its base as dozens of scared people rushed helter-skelter anticipating a collapse, according to videos recorded by onlookers and published by local media on Weibo. Building collapses are common in China, as weak building regulations and rapid urbanisation result in hastily constructed structures. Last year, Chinese officials prohibited the construction of skyscrapers taller than 500 metres in areas such as Beijing, urging urban planners to design structures that "emphasise Chinese features" rather than emulating international models.